I thought it fitting to ask a massively broad, hearty open source question on a platform that also happens to be open source: DEV. Additionally, it's also the first time I have posted here. Hooray!
The open source meetup I run in Bend, Oregon, was the source of this topic, and I wanted to present it to you, my wonderful reader, and ask for input. Let's poke at the question quickly and see what happens.
This is loaded with ambiguity, but it came out of the mouth of someone who has worked on and with open source projects for nearly 30 years. A genuine question. They have contributed to some of the most well known projects as well.
What gives? Shouldn't someone like this have all the answers? No. Thank goodness.
A decades-old veteran will be coming at this having a very different vision of open source than someone just starting - and everyone in between. The experiences will likely trigger a different reaction to the question, which is the point. But don't think about it too hard.
A good project seems to advocate by itself the importance of open source. But what does that even mean? I have some thoughts of course, but this is not for me. It's for you! What say you?
Your comments, new questions, ideas, etc. will help our meetup thrive! I'd love to hear from you in the comments or bug me on Twitter (@ascasson ). Cheers!